Ray Walston Overview:

Actor, Ray Walston, was born Herman Walston on Dec 2, 1914 in New Orleans, LA. Walston died at the age of 86 on Jan 1, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend (with his daughter Kate Walston.

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Ray Walston was a slight, energetic American actor whose film roles have been few but almost always ripe and juicy ("Damn Yankees," "South Pacific"). A stage actor until the early 1950s, Walston was older than he looked and began to appear like a wizened hobgoblin with the advent of the 1970s. He was also very popular as the extra-terrestrial visitor in TV's long running sitcom "My Favorite Martian".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.

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Ray Walston Quotes:

Orville J. Spooner: [reminiscing about his wife's dentist] "Tender gums". That's a hell of a thing to say to a married woman.


Joe Boyd: What happens after I stop being a baseball player? Then where would I be?
Mr. Applegate: [laughs] Well now, of course that's fairly well known.
Joe Boyd: Yes, but I have...
Mr. Applegate: After all, there's nothing unusual about it. How do you suppose some of these politicians around town got started? And parking lot owners?


Mr. Applegate: [to Gloria Thorpe] Oh, don't be so nosey, huh? Go home. Get married. Have children!


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Along with Vincent Schiavelli, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and the subsequent television adaptation "Fast Times" (1986).

His last screen appearance was in the Oct. 15, 2000 season premiere of "Touched by an Angel" (1994) as a wealthy entrepreneur who disinherits his materialistic son to teach him that there are more valuable things in life than money.

He died on the first day of the third millennium, becoming the first well known figure to die in the 21st Century.

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